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Recent Statistics Show Marijuana Decriminalization in Flint Worthwhile

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According to recent statistics provided by the Michigan State Police, legalizing recreational marijuana across the state could help cut back on the majority of drug related crime. And from the way it looks, decriminalization efforts in Flint happened just in time.

The report finds that marijuana related crime accounted for roughly 10-percent of the arrests made in Flint during 2012 — approximately 1,190 weed offenses. However, only 249 of these pot busts were associated with the illegal cultivation and sale of marijuana. The rest, a whopping 940 arrests, were simply the result of cannabis possession and use.

What’s even more shocking is that out of all the drug arrests made in Flint during 2012, sixty-percent involved marijuana.

To find out more about drug related arrests in Michigan, click here.

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